Daytona Sandown Park InKart Championships 2017
Round Nine Race Report (PDF Download)

Cadets

Heat 1
George Barker started pole from Sebastian Wibaut. Into T3 on to the top straight Wibaut went up the inside and gained position. Rory O’Regan down in 5th began to make some moves to take 4th, then 3rd! By race finish, Wibaut had retained his lead with O’Regan seizing 2nd from Conor Lucey who had made an impressive leap from 8th.

Heat 2
Rory Burke started pole from Nikhil Dhar and Mycah Masikito. Burke fell back at the first corner, with Dhar taking the opportunity to sneak through, followed by Burke’s main opponent, Jayden Neal-Holder. Neal-Holder made further gains down the inside at turn, taking Dhar for 1st. Dhar was cautioned for bumping as he fell back, allowing Burke back through. Jai Thornburn and Kaizer Akhtar were both in pursuit of Dhar now, both pushing for 3rd. Neal-Holder took 1st from Burke and Dhar, who manged to hold off both Thornburn and Akhtar until the chequered.

Heat 3
At race start the entire grid were close. There was mild contact near the front while Oscar Thaysen lost it himself at turn 4. Meanwhile James Hensler had made it up to 1st with Nikhil Dhar and Benjamin Gentles battling it out for 3rd behind him. Dhar made a skilful lunge up the inside at turn 6 to take and keep 2nd. Hensler took 1st by 4 seconds from Dhar and Robbie Hoare.

Heat 4
Thomas Hazell and Jayden Neal-Holder made up the front row of the grid. Neal-Holder was quick to pass Hazell, who soon had Jessica White up from 4th to contend with. Neal-Holder kept position til race end, with Jessica White also holding off Conor Lucey, who did not manage to advance from 3rd.

Heat 5
After re-gridding at the start line, Cadet Heat 5 got underway with James Hensler in pole from Leo Licastro. The pack took the exit of turn 3 and the top straight three abreast, with Sebastian Wibaut going on to the grass. Hensler had his work cut out fending off Licastro and Mycah Masikito span himself out at turn 4. Licastro passed Hensler! Leaving the door open for Wibaut to also pass the front runner. Wibaut then made short work of passing Licastro. Wibaut took the win from Licastro and James Hensler.

Heat 6
Rohan Naineni started pole from Hugo Jackson and Isaac Wells. Neal-Holder, who had started 5th, made short work of reaching the bumper of Naineni. Up the inside at turn 4 he cleanly manoeuvred up the inside to take the lead. As the two front runners held good gaps, Isaac Wells in 3rd had Thomas Hazell within half a second of his kart, looking for opportunities to pass. Neal-Holder kept 1st from Naineni and Wells.

Heat 7
Kaiser Riemann and Jessica White were up front for Cadet Heat 7. At race start, Harry Kidd made an apologetic acknowledgement for touching the kerbs, while the front 4 drivers all received kerbing boards. Reimann and Jessica White were fighting fiercely as they crossed the finish line in that order with Rory O’Regan in 3rd.

Heat 8
Jai Thornburn jumped the start and the heat saw two false starts before it got going. At the restart, Polesitter Jacob Gillman was passed, this time on track, by Jai Thornburn. Thornburn was quick to get away while in 2nd Rory Burke had taken Rohan Naineni. Naineni then executed a nice switchback manoeuvre, but couldn’t make it stick. He then lost out further to Conor Lucey. Mycah Masikito and George Barker further back were both consistently improving time wise, while Burke managed to catch Thornburn for 1st. Lucey took 3rd.

Heat 9
Joshua Hoyle and Rory O’Regan were at the front of the grid, while Jessica White started in 7th. She utilised the first lap to work her way through the pack and was up into 2nd the next time past the loop. White was up almost alongside leader O’Regan for both the next two laps around the circuit at top straight, but didn’t quite manage to make a move. Next time around, however, she was up the inside with a good exit, getting enough drag to make a successful move stick. White took 1st from O’Regan and Isaac Wells, who had quietly made his way up to 3rd.

Heat 10
After a good start initially, Kaizer Akhtar lost his lead on the final corner during lap 2 to Robbie Hoare, Leo Licastro was cautioned for bumping. Akhtar managed to regain position and took 1st at race end, while Jai Thorburn snuck passed Hoare to take 2nd.

Finals

D Final
Harry Kidd, who’d qualified 3rd, spent no time getting up to 1st – where he sat at the end of the first lap! Original pole holder George Barker managed to hold off Hugo Jackson in 3rd. The entire field began to spread out as the race reached its closing stages. Kidd kept 1st from Barker and Jackson.

C Final
With Harry Kidd joining from the D final and Isaac Wells at the helm, the start of the Cadet C Final saw slight contact from James Mellor, who was duly cautioned. Isaac Wells maintained his lead from Leo Licastro until the penultimate lap, when Licastro clinched it! Isaac Wells finished 2nd from Thomas Hazell.

B Final
James Hensler started pole from Kaizer Akhtar and Conor Lucey. Lucey attempted to make a move but it didn’t work out! Licastro had made an excellent effort and from the back began making his way through the pack – he was up into 2nd by the closing stages of the race. Akhtar held him off with his 3 second lead and kept it til chequered from Licastro and James Hensler. Lucey recovered well and finished 4th.

A Final
Jayden Neal-holder and Jessica White made up the front row of the grid. Rory Burke was quick to advance, starting 6th and making it up to 5th on the out lap. He was soon up into 4th as Jessica White, who had had a bad start, made her way back to her qualifying position of 2nd. Next, she was up in position to make a move on Neal-Holder which she did at turn 1! White held off Neal-Holder for the win, with Neal-Holder in 2nd and Rory O’Regan in 3rd.

 Results

D Final

1st Harry Kidd
2nd George Barker
3rd Hugo Jackson

C Final

1st Leo Licastro
2nd Isaac Wells
3rd Thomas Hazell

B Final

1st Kaizer Akhtar
2nd Leo Licastro
3rd James Hensler

A Final

1st Jessica White
2nd Jayden Neal-Holder
3rd Rory O’Regan

Junior Lights

Heat 1
Current Championship 2nd Place Runner Rio Le Conte lead the grid for the first light heat of the day. Adam Hayes followed and was quickly cautioned for bumping. He was soon passed by Ethan Livingstone for 2nd, while further back Arsh Syed and Oscar Joyce had a close battle for 4th. The chequered flag went down on Le Conte from Livingstone and Hayes, with Syed holding off for 4th.

Heat 2
Adam Hayes started pole from Robin Jandu and Bayley Campbell. There was some mid-pack rivalry between Katherine White and Kieran Ives. Adam Hayes was momentarily in the midst of it as well, while White was penalised for advantage by kerbing. Le Conte was up into 1st from White and Ives as chequered went down.

Heat 3
Katherine White and John-Henry Hill were up front for Light Heat 3. Katherine had a great start, and managed to extend her lead to over 2 seconds by race end. Finley Ahmad-Hambling and Robin Jandu were vying for 2nd until the end, with the former being successful this time.

Heat 4
The smallest grid of the day with 5 drivers saw Oscar Joyce fall back at the start while both Katherine White and Kieran Ives made their way up from the back. Finley Ahmad-Hambling was setting good times up in the lead. Ives passed White to take 2nd.  The top three finished as they were with Oscar Joyce making back a place over Bayley Campbell for 4th.

Heat 5
George Hannay started pole from Robin Jandu, and although he kept position at the start, lost out by the culmination of the first lap. Le Conte fell back as Finley Ahmad-Hambling came up to 2nd setting his sights on Jandu. He ran out of track and time to make a move however, with the top 2 finishing in position. Adam Hayes took 3rd.

Heat 6
Kieran Ives started pole from Arsh Syed and John-Henry Hill. Henry-Hill was quick to pass Syed as George Hannay began to make his way up from 5th. Soon he was into 3rd with a second and a half to find to be in with a shot at taking 2nd from Henry-Hill. Ives finished 1st from Henry-Hill and Hannay.

Finals

B Final
Adam Hayes qualified pole for the B Final today, with Ethan Livingstone coming in behind him. The pair were off the line almost simultaneously, leaving Oscar Joyce, George Hannay and Bayley Campbell to compete amongst themselves 4 seconds back. Hayes kept his lead, with Livingstone failing to catch him by just over half a second. Joyce was next in 3rd.

A Final
Kieran Ives qualified and kept pole at the off. Rio Le Conte soon passed the 2nd place runner and made a brave move to take 1st! Leaving Ives now exposed to Jandu, who had also passed Ahmad-Hambling and was now sitting in 3rd.  Kieran Ives and Robin Jandu were side by side around turn 4. Le Conte kept 1st from Ives and Jandu.

Results

B Final

1st Adam Hayes
2nd Ethan Livingstone
3rd Oscar Joyce

A Final

1st Rio Le Conte
2nd Kieran Ives
3rd Robin Jandu

 

Junior Heavies

Heat 1
Round 9 of the 2017 InKart Championship was underway with Sebastian Chodyko out in front. He retained his lead over the start line, with Archie Elliott quick to follow. Chodyko managed to hold off the advancing Elliott in a clean start to the round. Gleeson took 3rd.

Heat 2
Francesca Roodhouse and Matteo Strathmann were vying for 1st, with both drivers getting their elbows out. Strathmann made a good move at turn 1 for the lead and began to pull a 2 second advantage over Roodhouse, who now had Luca Osborne to compete with. Taifan Squires and Maximillian Bublik were similarly close in 4th and 5th respectively, while up ahead Strathmann consolidated his lead. He took the win from Roodhouse and Osborne.

Heat 3
William Vincent and Benaiah Mutinda were cautioned for bumping at the back of the grid at the off, while Taifan Squires in pole had a great start. Squires had Mikey Gleeson just a tenth of a second behind him; almost bumper to bumper. Squires managed to hold him off just until the chequered from Gleeson and Archie Elliott.

Heat 4
After a false start, William Vincent and Tom Jackson made up the front row of the grid and both kept position nicely at the restart. William Tidnam also had a good start as after half the heat the top 5 were still all covered by a second and a half. Debutant Matthew Mutinda initially kept the pace. William Vincent kept 1st from Tom Jackson and Francesca Roodhouse.

Heat 5
At race start Matteo Strathmann and Sebastian Chodyko were both cautioned for kerbing. Strathmann up in front had Tom Jackson and Chodyko vying for his position, side by side. Chodyko made an impressive lunge up the inside at turn 4 on the penultimate lap. Strathmann fell to the mercy of Jackson, who kept him within half a second. Chodyko kept 1st from Strathmann and Jackson.

Heat 6
A messy start saw Mikey Gleeson and Rowan Vincent make contact at turn 6, resulting in them both falling to the back. Maximillian Bublik was penalised for front to rear contact at the last bend, whilst not being halfway alongside and gaining an advantage. Strathmann took 1st from William Vincent and Bublik.

Heat 7
Otis Smith started pole from Archie Elliott, who was quick to pass Smith to sit in 1st. Sebastian Chodyko and William Tidnam were in a fierce battle for 2nd, with Chodyko being warned for contact. Chodyko managed to pass Tidnam for 2nd with Elliott taking 1st.

Finals

B Final
Francesca Roodhouse and William Tidnam on the front row were both excellent off the line.  The pair began putting steadily more seconds between themselves and Osborne in 3rd. Roodhouse and Tidnam themselves however, were within just half a second – with Roodhouse managing to keep position and take her place in the A Final.

A Final
Sebastian Chodyko qualified pole from Archie Elliott and William Vincent. The field were tight as the top 6 were covered by just over a second in the opening stages. Further back, Francesca Roodhouse and Taifan Squires began to fall slightly off the pace. Chodyko began to pull a 1.7 second buffer between himself and Vincent. Chodyko won from Vincent and Elliott.

Results

B Final

1st Francesca Roodhouse
2nd William Tidnam
3rd Luca Osborne

A Final

1st Rio Le Conte
2nd Kieran Ives
3rd Robin Jandu

Junior RT8

Heat 1
Finley Ahmad-Hambling started pole from Taifan Squires. After a jump start, the pack were re-gridded on the top straight. With a grid of 13 drivers, the rolling start was close.  A second jump start by Taifan Squires saw him penalised, as the race got underway. Kathrine White, who’d started 13th had made gains up to 7th as the last lap board went out. Behind her, Brendan Sathees was keen to make a move but couldn’t quite keep pace, desperately willing his kart on down the top straight. Ahmad-Hambling managed to hold onto his lead for the win, from Kieran Ives and Ben Graham.

Heat 2
Another false start as this time the pack did not slow down adequately under yellows. Katherine White and Daniel Garcia lead the pack over the line for the restart, which this time was acceptable. There was mild contact between the mid-pack of the grid. White and Garcia managed to retain their lead, with Francesca Roodhouse also retaining her 3rd place start position until the end of the race.

Heat 3
Newcomer Alex Macdonald lead the grid. Jacob Owen in 3rd made a clean break and passed both 2nd placed Brendan Sathees and Macdonald. Macdonald lost out further as the likes of Ben Graham, Alex Jay and Mark Martin passed him. Kieran Ives had a kart issue on the antepenultimate lap! The finishing top 3 were Jacob Owen, Finley Ahmad-Hambling and Brendan Sathees.

Final
In keeping with the tradition of the day, the RT8 final began, or rather didn’t, with another false start. At the restart, Mark Martin and Kieran Ives were warned for bumping as the entire field were close. Ahmad-Hambling, who’d qualified pole utilised the commotion behind him to get away. Ben Graham was under attack from Mark Martin and Daniel Garcia. Both were warned for bumping and Garcia was penalised for taking Katherine White out. Ahmad-Hambling and Ben Graham were vying for position as further back Oliver Tipping and Brendan Sathees had their own battle for 8th. Ahmad-Hambling won by 6 seconds from Ben Graham, who in turn took 2nd from 2 tenths of a second.

Results

1st Finley Ahmad-Hambling
2nd Ben Graham
3rd Mark Martin

Senior Lights

Heat 1
Craig Nunes and Jordan Bowley made up the front row of the grid. Bowley in particular had an excellent start and had soon usurped Nunes for 1st place. Stephen Wackrill and Thomas Edwards were both penalised for speeding under yellows. Ian Del-Pizzo had snuck up from 8th to 3rd as well, taking 9th placed Evrim Guler with him to sit in 4th. Bowley kept the lead til the end, with Andrew Graham and Ian Del-Pizzo 2nd and 3rd.

Heat 2
Stephen Wackrill started pole from Ian Del-Pizzo and Andrew Graham. Del-Pizzo and Graham passed Wackrill, leaving the door open for 5th placed Evrim Guler to also make a move. Josh Lad, Sam Attard and Henry Jarrett were all racing well in the mid-pack as the top 3 began to pull away further. Josh Lad began to break away from the mid-pack to catch up with the leaders, but without enough time to make a move. Ian Del-Pizzo took 1st from Graham and Guler.

Heat 3
Another false start, and at the restart we saw Henry Jarrett in pole from Josh Lad. Evrim Guler in 4th was quick to get his elbows out and into 3rd. While Sam Attard made similarly impressive gains and had jumped half the grid next lap around. Josh Lad had passed Jarrett to secure 1st for the last lap and the race end. Jarrett was 2nd from Guler, who held off a defiant Del-Pizzo.

Final
Ian del-Pizzo and Andrew Graham made up the front row of the Light Final. The pair had a good start, but soon Graham was passed Guler in 3rd. Graham cleanly retook position and further back Dan Gamblin, Sam Attard and Henry Jarrett had their own battle for 6th. By race end, Del-Pizzo had consolidated his lead. Guler took 2nd from Graham.

Results

1st Ian Del-Pizzo
2nd Evrim Guler
3rd Andrew Graham

Senior Heavy

Heat 1
Garrett Applin and Max Robinson had good starts up ahead. Newcomer Patrick Vice was keeping pace while Charles Newton-Darby snuck up to pass Robinson, making a comfortable space for himself in 2nd. A relatively clean first heat for the heavies saw Garrett Applin take 1st from Charles Newton-Darby and Max Robinson.

Heat 2
Patrick Vice started pole but soon dropped back as Luke Charman and Garrett Applin battled their way to the front. Luke Charman began to put a second and a half’s distance between himself and Applin as Max Robinson in 3rd fought to keep up. Charman took chequered from Applin and Robinson.

Heat 3
Charles Newton-Darby started on Pole with Charman alongside him. Robinson took Vice up the inside on the top straight on the first lap. Garrett Applin was gaining in 3rd as the final heat of the day entered its closing stages. Robinson and Charman were preoccupied with their battle for 1st, allowing Applin to gain. Robinson kept the lead from Charman and Applin.

Final
Another false start due to speed. Garrett Applin qualified pole from Luke Charman, with both starting well. Charles Newton-Darby was warned for kerbing as Max Robinson was warned for contact. The top 3 were all within 3 tenths of a second and it looked as though position could have been anyone’s at the mid-point of the race. Slight contact was made by Charman on Robinson, who quickly apologised. No advantage was gained. Applin took 1st from Robinson and Charman.

Results

1st Garrett Applin
2nd Max Robinson
3rd Luke Charman